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Friday, April 7, 2017

ACC Joins Campaign to Prevent Dating Violence

Throughout the month of April, Alvin Community College will participate in a public awareness effort aimed at stopping dating violence on college campuses.

The project, called The Red Flag Campaign, helps students identify “red flags” for dating violence in their friends’ relationships and encourages them to intervene.

The campaign is a result of the combined work of students, faculty, and victim advocates from nearly 20 colleges and universities.

College students are at extremely high risk of either acting as perpetrator or being a victim of dating physical or sexual violence during their college years:

• 32% of college students report dating violence by a previous partner, and 21% report violence by a current partner.

• 12% of completed rapes, 35% of attempted rapes, and 22% of threatened rapes occur on a date.

• 51% of college males admit perpetrating one or more sexual assault incidents during college.

The Red Flag Campaign features a series of eight posters that illustrate “red flags” that might be present in a relationship in which dating violence is occurring. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see red flags for dating violence in their friends’ relationships.

“Friends have an influential role in intervening in dating violence not only with the victim, but also with the abusive partner,” said Amanda Smithson, Student Activities Coordinator.

She explains that peer groups have the ability to provide safety and support and can also dictate what behaviors are unacceptable.

“Helping college students harness their power to change the cultural tolerance of violence in relationships,” she said.

Programs and events are scheduled throughout the month to draw attention to dating violence as well as celebrate the positive aspects of relationships like love, respect, communication and honesty.

For more information on what constitutes dating violence, how to help, or how to get help for a friend, visit www. TheRedFlagCampaign.org.

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